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Spatial Analysis of Residential Land Prices in Belgium: Accessibility, Linguistic Border, and Environmental Amenities


  • Florence Goffette-Nagot
  • Isabelle Reginster
  • Isabelle Thomas


Goffette-Nagot F., Reginster I. and Thomas I. Spatial analysis of residential land prices in Belgium: accessibility, linguistic border, and environmental amenities, Regional Studies . This paper explores the spatial variation of land prices in Belgium. The originality of the methodology is threefold: to work at the spatial extent of an entire country; to compute accessibility measures to all jobs and several representations of the environmental amenities; and, more importantly, to test the hypothesis that jobs influence land prices only in the same linguistic region. Spatial autocorrelation is accounted for. The results show that the linguistic border acts as a strong barrier in the spatial pattern of land prices and that environmental variables have no significant effect at this spatial scale. Goffette-Nagot F., Reginster I. et Thomas I. Analyse spatiale des prix des terrains à usage résidentiel en Belgique: accessibilité, frontière linguistique et aménités environnementales, Regional Studies . Cet article analyse la variabilité spatiale des prix fonciers en Belgique. L'originalité de la méthodologie est: de travailler à l’échelle d'un pays entier; de calculer des mesures d'accessibilité à tous les emplois et plusieurs représentations des variables d'environnement; et surtout de tester l'hypothèse que seuls les emplois de la même région linguistique influencent les prix fonciers. Les modèles estimés tiennent compte de l'autocorrélation spatiale. Les résultats montrent que la frontière linguistique agit comme une barrière forte dans la distribution spatiale des prix fonciers et que les variables environnementales n'ont pas d'effet significatif à cette échelle spatiale. Prix foncier Accessibilité Effet frontalier Environnement Belgique Goffette-Nagot F., Reginster I. und Thomas I. Raumanalyse der Wohngrundstückspreise in Belgien: Verfügbarkeit, Sprachgrenze und Umweltattraktionen, Regional Studies . In diesem Beitrag werden die räumlichen Schwankungen bei den Grundstückspreisen in Belgien untersucht. Die Originalität der Methodologie beruht auf drei Aspekten: Es wird in der räumlichen Ausdehnung eines gesamten Landes gearbeitet, es werden Maßstäbe der Verfügbarkeit für sämtliche Arbeitsplätze sowie mehrere Darstellungen der Umweltattraktionen berechnet, und vor allem wird die Hypothese überprüft, dass sich Arbeitsplätze nur innerhalb derselben Sprachregion auf die Grundstückpreise auswirken. Bei der Untersuchung wird die räumliche Autokorrelation berücksichtigt. Aus den Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass die Sprachgrenze bei der räumlichen Verteilung der Grundstückpreise ein starkes Hindernis darstellt und dass die Umweltvariablen in diesem räumlichen Maßstab keinen signifikanten Einfluss ausüben. Grundstückpreise Verfügbarkeit Grenzeffekt Umwelt Belgien Goffette-Nagot F., Reginster I. y Thomas I. Análisis espacial de los precios del suelo residencial en Bélgica: accesibilidad, frontera lingüística y recursos medioambientales, Regional Studies . En este artículo analizamos la variación espacial de los precios del suelo en Bélgica. La originalidad de la metodología radica en tres aspectos: trabajar en el ámbito espacial de todo un país; computar las medidas de accesibilidad para todo tipo de trabajos y varias representaciones de los recursos medioambientales; y lo que es más importante, comprobar la hipótesis de que los empleos sólo influyen en los precios del suelo en la misma región lingüística. Comprobamos también la autocorrelación espacial. Los resultados indican que la frontera lingüística actúa como una fuerte barrera en el modelo espacial de los precios del suelo y que las variables ambientales no tienen una repercusión significativa a esta escala espacial. Precio del suelo Accesibilidad Efecto fronterizo Medio ambiente Bélgica

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  • Florence Goffette-Nagot & Isabelle Reginster & Isabelle Thomas, 2011. "Spatial Analysis of Residential Land Prices in Belgium: Accessibility, Linguistic Border, and Environmental Amenities," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(9), pages 1253-1268, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:9:p:1253-1268
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2010.484417

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    1. Bala, Alain Pholo & Peeters, Dominique & Thomas, Isabelle, 2014. "Spatial issues on a hedonic estimation of rents in Brussels," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 104-123.
    2. Nathalie Picard & Constantinos Antoniou, 2014. "Econometric Methods For Land Use Microsimulation," Working Papers hal-01092031, HAL.
    3. Nathalie Picard & Constantinos Antoniou, 2011. "Econometric guidance for developing UrbanSim models. First lessons from the SustainCity project," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1494, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Jean Cavailhés & Isabelle Thomas, 2011. "The influence of urban sprawl on farmland prices in Belgium (refereed paper)," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1628, European Regional Science Association.

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    JEL classification:

    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets


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